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Why should shops consider purchasing a single-head embroidery machine?

There are several different models available in both the compact and full-size industrial single-head type machines. It can be from the number of needles to embroidery field size to accessory capability (e.g., sequins, beading, cording, etc.) to specialty applications and more.

Aside from the full range of models available, single-heads are flexible and can adapt to jobs faster than a multi-head. Changeover can prove to be burdensome for a large multi-head (e.g., changing thread colors, changing needles, changing from tubular to caps), but is much faster on a single-head because of the size alone.

In the on-demand market (high production and small order size), the single-head machine is the preferred model because of the flexibility. Online shops that embroider shirts and caps, offer no minimums, and deal with one to three-piece orders have a warehouse full of single-heads. It’s a new business model that has proven to be quite successful all over the world.

The custom home-décor and automotive/aerospace/yacht interiors market have also made a significant impact in the embroidery world. The full-size single heads offer a new way to personalize these possessions. Much of this specialty work requires a substantial embroidery field as well as specialty options (e.g., boring, cutwork, upholstery stitching, etc.). Many times, the full-size single-head type will fulfill these needs since there are many different models available that can accommodate the various options. The single-head is more attractive in this case, as each order is unique.

Overall, single-head equipment offers impressive capabilities across the board and can fulfill specific needs for different business models. It’s imperative to study each machine’s capabilities, from the brand to the types and models available.

   —ZSK Machines

Andrea Bommarito

Andrea Bommarito is part of the third generation in her family business (ZSK Machines), started by her grandfather in 1955. Growing up and immersing herself in the sewing embroidery industry paved the way for a love of decoration technique and education. Based in St. Louis, Andrea aids in training as well as workflow and production solutions. 

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